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Ozone disinfection of community pharmacies during the COVID-19 pandemic as a possible preventive measure for infection spread
 
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Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw, Poland (Faculty of Medicine, Collegium Medicum)
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Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Bydgoszcz, Poland (Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Faculty of Pharmacy)
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Polska Grupa Farmaceutyczna S.A., Łódź, Poland
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Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland (Collegium of Business Administration)
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National Institute of Public Health – National Institute of Hygiene, Warsaw, Poland
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Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland (Department of Public Health)
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Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland (Department of Computer Science and Medical Statistics with the Studio of Remote Learning)
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Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland (Chair and Department of Medical Microbiology)
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Medical University of Gdansk, Gdańsk, Poland (First Department of Cardiology)
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Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland (Department of Prevention of Environmental Hazards and Allergology)
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Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Canada
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Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland (Department of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medical Sciences)
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Piotr Merks   

Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Faculty of Medicine, Collegium Medicum, Wóycickiego 1/3, 01-938 Warsaw, Poland
Online publication date: 2021-06-10
 
Med Pr 2021;72(5):529–534
 
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The COVID-19 pandemic is currently one of the major global health and economic challenges. An efficient method for reducing the transmission of the virus is a still unmet medical need. Existing experimental data have shown that coronavirus survival is negatively impacted by ozone, high temperature, and low humidity. Therefore, it is feasible to use area ozonation in pharmacies – the front line of the healthcare system. Nevertheless, further work is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of ozone disinfection to reduce the transmission of this virus in pharmacies, hospitals, and other public environments. Med Pr. 2021;72(5):529–34
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